Religion and Politics|
Spring 2019 not offered
|Certificates: Civic Engagement, Environmental Studies|
|Course Cluster: Christianity Studies|
The Islamic State movement challenges state borders and the separation of mosque and state. Can theocracy be justified in political theory? In contrast, how can an organized religion accept public constitutional boundaries and rule? Can the concepts of law in religion and politics be reconciled? Should church and state be separate, and if so, how? How has religion affected political institutions, and, in turn, been affected by them? Which religious values are compatible with democracy, and which ones go beyond democracy? We will explore the relation of three monotheisms--Judaism, Christianity, and Islam--to political life in nation-states and empires through theoretical and empirical readings from ancient, medieval, and modern times.
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|Course Format: Lecture / Discussion||Grading Mode: Student Option|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (CEC)(CES)(GOVT)(GOVT-Theory)
Heschel, THE PROPHETS (selections)
Bourke, ed., THE ESSENTIAL AUGUSTINE
Habermas and Ratzinger, DIALECTICS OF SECULARIZATION
Reichley, FAITH IN AMERICAN POLITICS
Liebman and Don-Yehiya, CIVIL RELIGION IN ISRAEL
Lee, RELIGION AND POLITICS IN THE MIDDLE EAST
Creswell and Haykel, "Battle Lines"
Ruthven, "Inside the Islamic State"
|Examination and Assignments: |
Class presentation and paper; essay; midterm quiz; final exam.
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
Some background in social or political theory -- from GOVT, SOC, HIST, PHIL, RELI, CSS, or COL -- is helpful.